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The Department of History combines the intimacy of a liberal arts college with the rigor of a research university.


Undergraduate education culminates in small intensive seminars and in original research. Where possible connections are made to Washington, DC, as a central location for U.S. and international history and as a city rich in research opportunities and jobs for our alumni.

Graduate education is concentrated in the following fields: medieval, early and late modern Europe; United States; and Latin America. Particular strengths are Catholic History, the history of religion, political culture, religious history, intellectual history, the history of migrations, and the history of women and gender.

Faculty members have won fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the NEH, the American Academy in Rome, the Institute for Advanced Study Princeton, the Humboldt Foundation, the SSRC, the DAAD, the American Academy in Berlin, the Huntington Library, and the Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

Washington, DC is an outstanding city for graduate research, starting with the Library of Congress and including the Folger Shakespeare Library, the National Archives and Dumbarton Oaks. A consortium links CUA to the many other DC-area universities. The department has an impressive record of job placement for alumni of its masters and Ph.D. programs.


Contact Information:

Katherine Jansendepartment chair

Julia Youngundergraduate advisor 

Larry Poosgraduate advisor


Catholic University of America
Department of History
620 Michigan Ave., NE
228 Marist Hall
Washington, DC 20064

(202) 319-5484



What can you do with a history degree? Catch up with some of our graduates on our new Alumni Stories page!


Featured Alumni


Amada Beltrán, Class of 2014, is currently studying for her Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Read more here!








Miniard Culpepper, Jr., Class of 2012, completed law school at Suffolk University, and now works as a Legal Honors Attorney for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Read more here!







Brett Kline, Class of 2011, is a Team Lead at Google, Inc.  Learn about his path here!



Jennifer Davis gave a talk entitled "Legal Plurality" at the Transformation of the Carolingian World Workshop at Princeton University

Nelson Minnich delivered a lecture "A volte si vince, a volte si perde, sempre fedeli servitori del Papa: Il ruolo dei Domenicani al Concilio Laterano V (1512-1517)” at a conference in Rome commemorating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of  Preachers

Jennifer Paxton was a study leader for a Smithsonian tour of Scotland, delivering lectures on "Three Famous Scots": Bonnie Prince Charlie, Macbeth, and Mary Queen of Scots"

Lev Weitz gave a talk, "Islamic Society and Christian History: Scholarly Categories and Meideval Middle Eastern Historiography," at the workshop Recovering the Role of Christians in the History of the Middle East at Princeton University

Steve West gave a lecture on "The Road (Back) to Home Rule: Washington, DC and the Second Reconstruction, 1963-75" at the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum

Julia Young gave a lecture entitled "The Catholic Church in Mexico in the 20th Century" for the Western History Intensive Seminar, at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State

Congratulations to Carol Anderson, PhD candidate, who has been awarded this year's Graduate Teaching Award to honor excellence in teaching

Clare Hennigan, B.A. 15, has published a revised version of her senior thesis, "The 'Last Ditch' of Oppression: Charles Sumner and Public Schools in the District of Columbia" in the Spring 2016 issue of Washington History

Congratulations to Karen Hernandez for winning 3rd place (in the pre-1900 category) at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic History Conference for "Struggle in the Andes: Garcilaso de la Vega’s Defense of the Inca"

Congratulations to senior Sam Aurilia on winning the 2016 Zeender Prize for her thesis, “Contradictions and Coalitions: the Anti Rape Movement in the United States, 1968-1975.”

Congratulations to graduate students Jim Zibro, Kate Bush, Laura Hohman, and Seth Smith, who all successfully defended their Ph.D. dissertations in April 2016!

Congrats to graduate alumna Melodie Eichbauer, Ph.D.on winning a prestigious fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies.

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Davis for having won a membership at the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study for academic year 2016-2017. She has also won a fellowship for a semester at the American Academy in Berlin.

Congratulations to Carol Anderson on winning a grant from the Cosmos Club Foundation for work on her dissertation entitled, Sacred Histories: Remembering the Christian Past in Medieval Italian Cities (ca. 1100-1350) under the direction of Prof. Katherine L. Jansen

Congratulations to Jay Carney (Ph.D., Church History, 2010), who was awarded the annual Bethwell Ogot prize for best book in East African Studies by the African Studies Association for his study of the missionary church in Rwanda.

Congrats to Julie Yarwood who defended her dissertation entitled, "Citizens of Heaven: Conservative American Protestant Reactions to New Deal Legislation," with distinction, on 13 November 2015.

Vanessa Corcoran has won a Travel Bursary Award from the Medieval Academy of America to present her conference paper entitled, "Beyond Sedes Sapientiae et Magistra: Mary’s Medieval Pedagogical Voice" at the annual meeting to be held in Boston on February 25-27, 2016.

Austin Powell has won an honorable mention in the Snell Prize competition, awarded by the European History Section of the Southern Historical Association, for his paper entitled "Writing Polemic as History: Salimbene of Parma, the Deposition of Elias, and the Clericalization of the Thirteenth-Century Franciscan Order."

Congrats to Dallas Grubbs on his departmental award for Excellence in Research for his paper, "A Sacred Genealogy: Universal History, Dynastic Time, and the Structure of the Chronicon Universale to 741."

Congrats tPatrick Kelleher for his departmental award for Excellence in Teaching

Rebecca McCarron, a junior history major, has won a writing internship with Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest honors society.